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Family Picks: Take the kids on the Tour D’Coop, or hit up a birthday party for goats

Saturday is Tour D'Coop, Raleigh's chicken tour. Along the route are a wide variety of coops, ranging from whimsical to functional and built to fit any size yard.
Saturday is Tour D'Coop, Raleigh's chicken tour. Along the route are a wide variety of coops, ranging from whimsical to functional and built to fit any size yard. TNS

Get outside this weekend to participate in citizen science, see urban chicken coops or wish happy birthday to some goats! Or catch a stage show in Durham, featuring the characters from Nickelodeon’s “Paw Patrol.”

▪ Leigh Farm Park’s Bioblitz is Friday and Saturday in Durham. This annual event is a wildlife survey in which attendees check the grounds for as many species they can identify – kind of like a biodiversity scavenger hunt. Friday’s nocturnal animal portion lasts from 6 to 10 p.m. and features a campfire, while Saturday’s is from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and also includes citizen science programs and face painting. Visit piedmontwildlifecenter.org/bioblitz2017.

▪ Saturday is Tour D’Coop, Raleigh’s chicken tour. Along the route are a wide variety of coops, ranging from whimsical to functional and built to fit any size yard. Advance tickets are $10 for individuals and $20 for groups (with online sales closing Friday at 2 p.m.) and day-of tickets are $12 solo and $25 for groups. Coops – you’ll also find a few in Cary and Apex – will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit tourdcoop.com to plan ahead, as it’d be wise to research the coops you want to visit before hitting the road. For those with big kids, there’s a bike route for this tour as well.

▪ Have you ever been to a birthday party for goats? Why not? Saturday’s your chance, as that’s the reason for the games, activities and cake at Oak View County Park’s Barnyard Birthday Bash in Raleigh. This runs from 10 a.m. to noon. Visit wakegov.com/parks/oakview/events.

▪ If you have young kids, chances are you’ve seen your share of Nickelodeon’s “Paw Patrol” – or, at the very least, you’ve been to a “Paw Patrol”-themed birthday or two. This weekend, this popular kids show (It’s about puppies and rescue vehicles. No wonder it’s a hit...) comes to life. Shows are 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $21 for this all-ages performance. Visit dpacnc.com.

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